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Blackburn, England, United Kingdom
November 12, 2011
From journal San Francisco - Top Five
San Francisco, California
January 22, 2006
This is a must-visit. Fisherman's Wharf is the last pier on the water. There are 49, I think, and it is Pier 49. You can take a bus to get there. There are tons of attractions: lots of little shops, a merry-go-round for kids, a creperie, and a bunch of seafood and souvenir vendors.
You also have to get the famous clam chowder in the sourdough bread bowl. This is fantastic pretty much anywhere, even the stands that are set up right as you walk in to the wharf. This is an absolute must-do for any first-time visitors to San Francisco (or even if you've come before--you know how good the clam chowder is!).
From journal San Francisco Livin'
June 30, 2005
On our second visit, the weather was totally in contrast from the other time. It was sunshine and bright. The skies were impeccable. The day was so perfect to do anything. Near to Fisherman's Wharf, we rented a tandem bicycle from "Wheel Fun Rentals" located on 2739 Taylor Street. The congenial owner of the shop laid out a detailed map of Fisherman's Wharf and gave us suggestions for where we could ride. Before we left for our adventure, he reiterated not to hesitate to give him a call if anything unexpected happened.
Not far from point of origin was Pier 39, a few blocks away from Fisherman's Wharf. The distant, boisterous barking of the sea lions was audible. Getting close, the stench of them was even stronger and almost filled the air. A multitude of frolicking sea lions were sunbathing under the afternoon sun while enjoying the sea breeze rolling from the bay. It was a nice big family! Annually, sea lions tend to migrate to Channel Island (350 miles to the south) during summer months, but still, small, loyal groups of them opt to stay in Pier 39. Perhaps it is still a source of trust after all.
At the dead end of Pier 39, there was a bay walk offering a view of Alcatraz Island. The Bay is a busy one. Every interval of 15 minutes, a ferry to Alcatraz Island glides back and forth. Sometimes, Bay cruises sail across San Francisco Bay toward Golden Gate Bridge. Besides these tourist transports, the Bay bustles with other activities ranging from security patrol—police boats and U.S. Coast Guard—to commercial vessels; tankers to container ships carrying millions of tons of oil every year. With luck, you may see racing whaleboats or even colossal aircraft carriers!
Before our bicycle rental was due in another 20 minutes, the numbers of our wheels' revolutions doubled. My husband was peddling fast, and I joined in from behind, doing the job great till we arrived at Pier 14.
Pier 14 may not ring a bell to most people. Comparative to Pier 39, it was quiet. But it has a great lookout to the panoramic Bay Bridge (I-80), which links San Francisco to other part of cities in the east. One of the distinguishable features of I-80 was the exterior coating of silvery gray paints and a double-decked bridge; the lower deck serves vehicles leaving San Francisco, and the upper deck is for oncoming vehicles.
Left with three minutes, we departed for "Wheel Fun Rentals", panting ever harder, and the bumpy roads hurt our buttocks.
From journal Experience Vicarious Thrills of San Francisco
New York, New York
November 6, 2013
June 8, 2009
From journal Pacific Northwest Cruise: The Swine Flu Switch-a-roo
September 16, 2005
From journal The San Francisco Treat
by Adventures With Adam
July 27, 2002
Sea lions differ from seals in that seals are barkless and have no external ears. Of course, these are wild animals, not trained circus critters, so they won’t do tricks, and it’s illegal to feed or disturb them. Still, it’s fascinating to watch them both for their grace in the water and their social interactions. A sea lion will glide through the bay, pop out onto one of the crowded floating docks, and lumber over his resting colony mates, which then nip at him.
If you get tired of watching the sea lions, just take a look around. Spread before you are the many landmarks of San Francisco Bay: Ghiradeli Square, the Presidio, Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Angel Island, and the Marin Headlands. If there was ever a Kodak picture point, this is it. Set the camera on panorama mode and snap away.
From journal Adventures in San Francisco
Medford, New York
February 11, 2003
Don't forget to ride on the carousel and visit the seals sunning on the barges. Loads of great seafood restaurants located here. There are street performers--some deserve donations, while others definitely don't. They think because they spray themselves silver and stand like a statue that they deserve money.
FYI: It is always cold here. The months in which I have visited are May, July, and August. IT IS ALWAYS FREEZING!!!! I had to buy sweaters here to wear under my jacket! It was the middle of July. I live in NY, and the temperature was in the 80s back home and the 60s here. In August, I visited Pier 39 at night. I was just wearing a cotton dress and blazer. As I talked with my coworker, you could see the cold air coming from my breath, so be prepared!
From journal Left My Heart in San Francisco
San Jose, California
August 1, 2001
Street performers seem to flock to the Fisherman's Wharf -- you will not want for entertainment! The hat is passed around at the end of each performance, so be ready for that.
Seafood restaurants also abound, and most serve very good food, but it is probably going to be overpriced. Souvenir shops sell every possible knick-knack you could want ... Alcatraz memorabilia, ocean treasures, 5 t-shirts for a dollar...
Sea Lions gather near Pier 39 in the evening, you can hear them barking from quite a distance. People love to stare and take pictures!
I like going to Pier 39 just because its so alive and bustling with happy people. When the sun sets, you have quite a nice view which should be enjoyed with a loved one. Remember to bring a sweater!
From journal Enjoying "The City"
September 25, 2013
From journal Example of a Trip I Took